Meaning of FURNITURE in English


ˈfərnə̇chər, ˈfə̄nə̇chə(r, ˈfəinə̇chə(r, -nēch- sometimes -ˌchu̇(ə)r or -u̇ə noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle French fourniture, from fournir, furnir, fornir to complete, carry out, equip — more at furnish

1. obsolete


(1) : the act of furnishing or decorating

(2) : an article of decoration : ornament

see the barge be ready and fit it with such furniture as suits the greatness of his person — Shakespeare

b. : the execution of a plan

toward the furniture of his hostile designs he had extraordinary subsidy — John Speed


a. obsolete : stock , store , supply

we were particularly searched to the effect we carried in no furniture of arms nor powder — William Lithgow

b. : that by which something is filled : contents

the Constitution has the normal furniture of all constitutions — provisions for amendment, for admitting member states — T.H.White b 1915

3. : something that is necessary, useful, or desirable: as

a. archaic : the harness and trappings especially of a horse

the saddles and rich furniture of the cavalry — Edward Gibbon

b. : a fund of ideas or information : mental equipment

my intellectual furniture consists of an assortment of general propositions — O.W.Holmes †1935

c. obsolete : personal belongings : clothing , armor

the king would find himself incommoded with all that furniture upon his back — Andrew Marvell

d. : articles of convenience or decoration used to furnish living quarters, offices, public and private buildings — usually used of movable articles (as tables and chairs) as distinguished from such permanent installations as bathroom fixtures

e. : equipment needed for work or active service ; specifically : the tackle of a ship

f. : a mixture stop in a pipe organ

4. archaic : the state of being equipped : readiness for action

you will inform yourself of the furniture of the French on the Mediterranean seas — John Evelyn

5. : useful or decorative appendages : accessories: as

a. : the mountings of a gun

b. : pieces of wood or metal less than type high that are placed in printing forms to fill in blank spaces or used with quoins to fasten matter in a chase

c. : hardware ; specifically : the metal trimmings on a coffin

d. : background details

mere furniture counts for a good deal in the best romances, and they are full of descriptions of riches and splendors — W.P.Ker

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